Album: Puzzle People
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But of course, crazed genius producer Norman Whitfield & lyricist Barrett Strong weren’t going to just crank out socially-conscious psychedelic soul jams for the Temptations to sing over. That would be exhausting. Instead, they also cranked out songs like “I Can’t Get Next to You,” which opens with the Temptations whooping it up in the studio before Dennis Edwards commands everybody to “hold hold it, listen,” whereupon there’s a bluesy piano, a horn fanfare, and then over some crazy hard funk, we hear this: